Fighter Squadron 11 (FITRON 11)

VF-11 ‘Red Rippers’

(1948-1959)

 

sorry, no insignia

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STATUS:

established as VF-5 on February 1, 1927

VF-5 redesignated VF-5S on July 1, 1927

VF-5S redesignated VF-5B in January 1928

VF-5B redesignated VF-1B on July 1, 1928

VF-1B redesignated VF-5B on July 1, 1930

VF-5B redesignated VF-5S in July 1932

VF-5S redesignated VF-5B in April 1933

VF-5B redesignated VF-4 on July 1, 1937

VF-4 redesignated VF-41 on March 15, 1941

VF-41 redesignated VF-4 on August 4, 1943

VF-4 redesignated VF-1A on November 15, 1946

VF-1A redesignated VF-11 on August 2, 1948

VF-11 disestablished on February 15, 1959

AIRCRAFT:

Grumman F8F Bearcat (1948-50)

McDonnell F2H Banshee (1950-59)

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS:

September 1948 - February 1949 with CVG-1 aboard USS Tarawa (CV 40)

September 1949 - October 1949 with CVG-1 aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)

December 1949 with CVG-1 aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)

February 1950 - March 1950 with CVG-1 aboard USS Philippine Sea (CV 47)

December 1950 - January 1951 with CVG-1 aboard USS Oriskany (CV 34)

March 1951 - October 1951 with CVG-1 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVB 43)

November 1951 - December 1951 with CVG-1 aboard USS Wasp (CV 18)

August 1952 - March 1953 with CVG-101 aboard USS Kearsarge (CV 33)

July 1954 - December 1954 with CVG-10 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

July 1956 - February 1957 with CVG-10 aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA 43)

December 1957 with ATG-201 aboard USS Essex (CVA 9)

February 1958 - November 1958 with ATG-201 aboard USS Essex (CVA 9)

 

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F2H-4 Banshees (VF-11 / ATG-201) embarked on USS Essex (CVA 9) - 1958

 

VF-11 - 1958

 

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F2H-4 Banshee (VF-11 / CVG-10) embarked on USS Coral Sea (CVA 43) - circa 1955 (courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum)

 

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F2H Banshees (VF-11 / CVG-101) embarked on USS Kearsarge (CV 33) - 1952

 

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F2H Banshee (VF-11 / CVG-101) embarked on USS Kearsarge (CV 33) - 1952

 

 

history

The Red Rippers were commissioned in 1927 as VF-5S in the earliest days of Naval Aviation and are proud to be the Navy’s oldest continuously active fighter squadron. The Rippers began their distinguished heritage in Hampton Roads, Virginia flying the Curtis F6C-3 HAWK. They served in both theaters of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and in Operations PROVIDE COMFORT, SOUTHERN WATCH, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. From the decks of the USS LANGLEY (CV-1), America's first carrier, to the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75), the Red Rippers have been indelibly written into the history of Naval Aviation.


Prior to WWII, the Rippers flew a number of propeller aircraft including the Boeing F3B-1 and F4B-1, and the Grumman FF-1 and F3F-1, and held the following squadron designations: VF-5S, VB-1B, VF-5, and VF-4.


During WWII, the Rippers (then known as VF-41) supported the allied invasion of North Africa, downing sixteen enemy aircraft in the Grumman F4F-3 WILDCAT. They also conducted the first air strikes against German forces in Norway in September 1943. The Red Rippers (re-designated VF-A) transferred to the Pacific theater in 1944, operating from USS BUNKER HILL and USS ESSEX. The squadron additionally flew the first air strikes against Tokyo in the Grumman F6F HELLCAT.


In 1948, the Rippers became Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11), and leapt into the jet age flying the McDonnell F2-1 BANSHEE. They flew the BANSHEE during the Korean War from USS KEARSARGE.

 

 

 

The second Red Rippers (from wikipedia):

1950s

On September 1, 1950, Fighter Squadron 43 (VF-43), known as Rebel's Raiders, was commissioned at NAS Jacksonville, Florida. They moved to NAS Cecil Field on September 18, 1950, and were initially outfitted with new F4U-5N Corsair night fighters. The squadron traded its night fighters for F4U-5s (day fighters) in October 1950. The squadron's first deployment was aboard USS Oriskany (CV-34) to the Mediterranean from April–October 1951.

In February 1952, the squadron transitioned to the F4U-4 and deployed to the Med aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43).

In the mid-50s, the squadron transitioned to the F9F-8 Cougar. In April 1958, the squadron transitioned to the Chance-Vought F-8 Crusader. On February 16, 1959 (the day after VF-11 was disestablished), VF-43 was redesignated as VF-11, the second to be so designated. That squadron decided to adopt the traditions and insignia of the first Red Rippers (although they do not claim the lineage).

 

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